“Walking the property” has been our phrase for nearly forty years. We used say it when we arrived home after work and walked the garden, which in the days we began using this phrase was a small suburban garden which could be walked at the slowest pace in five minutes but we imagined it was a great space; we were delighted with it and it was our “property.”
Our garden today is much bigger; we no longer go to work (except, of course, in the garden) but we still “walk the property” when we return after being away for a few days, as was the case yesterday.
A fading of the flowers, a change in the colour of the hydrangeas and in the alder in the background all hint at the change of seasons
Walking the property, even after a brief absence, will reveal changes since our departure. As expected, the grass will need to be cut – does it ever stop growing! – some things may have suffered from our absence – potted plants in need of watering – and we will be surprised by those flowers which have recently emerged.
The grass can be cut in due course (which I did today); the suffering plants receive immediate attention but most of all we delight in the latest arrivals and most recent changes in the garden. We are certainly into autumn as we see changes in colours, a certain fading, an emergence of berries.
Walking the property remains a special time in the garden and will remain so for years to come, I hope.